Beware of fraudulent phone calls and emails from unknown men and women who are claiming to represent the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Police are reminding all residents to be extremely vigilant when answering phone calls or emails from someone claiming to be from the CRA or any other government agency inquiring about personal information or demanding payment on behalf of the CRA.
The CRA does not do the following:
- Request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email
- Divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer
- Leave any personal information or threatening messages on an answering machine.
You should report deceptive telemarketing to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501.
If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact your local police service. OPP - 1-888-310-1122